Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Poland bought the Abrams tanks for $5B

 The head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, has signed a contract to purchase 250 M1A2 Abrams SEPv3 tanks. The contract value is approximately USD 4.75 billion net. The first twenty-eight vehicles from the US Army will be handed over to the Polish Armed Forces later this year to start the training process. Deliveries will end in 2026.

The contract is being processed in an intergovernmental mode (FMS). It includes 250 M1A2 Abrams tanks in the latest SEPv3 version, M88A2 Hercules technical recovery vehicles (26) and the M1110 Joint Assault Bridge (17). 

The contract includes an option for new generation ammunition: the programmable XM1147 and the new generation KEW-A4 subcaliber (both types are still being developed). The contract value is approximately USD 4.75 billion net at the current exchange rate. The maximum amount of the transaction was reported at USD 6 billion.

The first 28 M1A2 SEPv2 tanks will be delivered this year from the US Army for training purposes. In turn, the deliveries of vehicles in the final configuration are to start in 2025 and end in 2026, while talks are underway to accelerate the start of deliveries of the target vehicles.